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Early Review: Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

Better When He's BadTitle: Better When He’s Bad

Author: Jay Crownover

Genre: NA Romantic Thriller

Series: Welcome to the Point (Book #1)

Publication Date: June 17, 2014

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062351893 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062351890 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Welcome to the Point

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

Quick & Dirty: Realistic story filled with consequences, raw passion, and suspense. Highly recommend this to anyone that is a new adult fan.

Opening Sentence: THERE ARE VERY FEW things that can kill the buzz of postsex mellowness.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Shane Baxter grew up in the slums of The Pointe, and he has rightfully earned the reputation of being a thief and a fighter. He is not someone you mess with, but five years ago he found himself on the wrong side of the law that put him in jail. He is now finally free and he wants some answers as to why people he trusted sent him to jail. He doesn’t care who he hurts or what he has to do to get his answers, because there is one thing Bax is good at and that is getting what he wants. Then a new curve ball is thrown his way, an innocent and striking girl that makes him feel things he has never felt before.

Dovie Pryce hasn’t lived a charmed life but she hasn’t let that make her a bitter person. Things were bad when she was a kid, but five years ago her half brother Race came and rescued her. He took her out of the slums and has been providing for her. Now he has disappeared and Dovie will do anything to find him, even trust his best friend that just got out of prison. Everything about Bax screams stay away, but even though he is terrifying Dovie can’t help but think he is the sexiest man she has ever met.  With no other option, Dovie lets Bax into her life, but did she bite off more then she can chew with this bad boy?

Bax is a very original character and I loved that he was so different from your typical bad boy. Growing up with a drunken mother that he had to take care of was difficult for him, but learning to take care of himself has made him who he is today. He thrives on doing things that are always in check with the law but at the same time he has a sense of loyalty to what is right and wrong. He is brutally honest and doesn’t ever try to be someone he’s not, which I found really attractive. He has this dark side to his personality that can be extremely scary but he also has a very gentle and sweet side as well. My favorite thing about Bax is that deep down he is a good person, but being bad will always be a part of him. It makes him a very sexy and intriguing man that would be extremely hard to resist.

Dovie couldn’t be more opposite than Bax, which made them a great couple. Her mother was an addict and she was the illegitimate daughter of a very rich man that wanted nothing to do with her. So her childhood wasn’t ideal, but instead of that making her turn to a criminal lifestyle she decided to see the good in life and not let her future become a repeat of her past. That doesn’t mean she believes in fairytales, but she is willing to work hard to become a better person. She works at a home for children that have nowhere else to go and she is going to school to become a counselor in hopes that someday she will be able to help children like her even more. There is just something innately good about Dovie that made it easy to love and respect her.

The sexual tension between Dovie and Bax was always present and they had great chemistry. But they were both realistic about things and I really liked that. She pulled out the good in him and he pulled out the bad in her which made them both more complete people. Being together in a relationship like they have isn’t easy but it’s totally worth it. I loved them together and I really made a connection with them as a couple.

Better When He’s Bad is a HOT story with an intriguing plot, original characters, and raw passion. The best thing about it is that while it is a love story that is not the main focus of the plot. Instead it focuses more on the action and suspenseful part of the story, which I really appreciated. I have read so many new adult books lately that have great romance but really no other subplot, and it was refreshing to read something that had both. Crownover did such a great job making her story feel original and different with her characters as well as the plot. I felt that both Dovie and Bax were very realistic and interesting. But I also loved all the secondary characters which is perfect since a few of them are going to be getting their own stories and I honestly can’t wait! One other thing that Crownover did was she actually surprised me with some of the twist she threw in and I really commend her for that because it isn’t easy to do. Suffice to say, I completely loved everything about this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a sexy read full of action and suspense!

Notable Scene:

“Are you scared of me?” His voice was scratchy.

I met his gaze steadily in the glass. “Terrified.”

His chin dipped in a little nod of acknowledgment.

“Do you trust me?”

“No.”

I saw a shadow flit across that midnight gaze. He lifted a knuckle and rubbed at the blood smeared across his face.

“You going to go to bed with me?”

I sucked in a hard breath through my nose. I wanted to look away but he wouldn’t let me. “Probably.”

Welcome to the Point Series:

1. Better When He’s Bad

2. Better When He’s Bold (February 3, 2015)

FTC Advisory: William Morrow/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Better When He’s Bad.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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